After a full four days of sunshine, and not getting a single gull dropping on me I have returned from Flat Holm. I was quite busy with the main aim of the trip to look at water chemistry and geology. However I did lay the ground for you, if you wish to visit. The head warden, Mariane is very open to a bryophyte survey and I sung your praises. To get to the island you need to speak to Cardiff Council by phone on this number 02920877912 or via this email: email@example.com, there is plenty of accommodation and a PUB! There may be a small cost involved or maybe not, see what you can negotiate. Things were quite dry and most bryos were shrivelled up, I didn't collect anything, and I only looked at the cliff areas. After scoping out the entire cliff line, I only found one wet area, in the aptly named 'Dripping Cove' (ST 22317 64756) and after a bit of a scrabble I found the drip...and I mean the drip (See picture). Think it was Eucladium or similar growing on the drip, and only covering an area of about 20cm2. There were also some liverworts living in the almost pitch dark in a small adit in the cliff face. Im sure it will get more exciting in the winter. As usual apologies for poor photos, I must get a new camera. I hope this info helps you sort a trip out to the island in the future, its a great place to visit and the staff and volunteers are excellent.
|a gaggle of liverworts living in almost pitch black about 3m inside an old mine adit|
|some very dry bryos on cliff edge on the western part of the island nr Bottles Well|
|The single drip of water in the 'Dripping Cove'|